Kshiraka, Kṣīraka: 6 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Kshiraka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Kṣīraka can be transliterated into English as Ksiraka or Kshiraka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kshiraka in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kṣīraka (क्षीरक).—Sacred to Lalitā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 97.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Kṣīraka (क्षीरक) is the name of a sacred site (pīṭha) to be assigned to the left calve (jaṅghā) during the pīṭhavidhi (‘ritual of sacred sites’) according to the Tantrāloka chapter 29. This chapter of the Tantrāloka by Abhinavagupta expounds details regarding the Kula initiation ritual. Kula or Kaula is a specific tradition within Śaivism, closely related to Siddhānta and Śaktism. In the Jñānārṇava-tantra it is also mentioned as a pīṭha and is also called Kolvagiri.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kṣīraka (क्षीरक).—in form nt., = kṣīrikā (1), q.v., a kind of (probably) date-tree: Mahāvastu ii.248.4 °kāni ca, in a list of trees, all nt. in form and even introduced by the formally nt. vṛkṣāṇi; hence, doubtless, our form. In line 16 below the list is repeated in inst. forms, and here the mss. read kṣīrikāhi, which should doubtless be kept, since kṣīrikā is recorded.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kṣīraka (क्षीरक):—[from kṣīra] m. Name of a fragrant plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Kṣīraka (क्षीरक):—(von kṣīra) m. Name einer Pflanze (s. kṣīramoraṭa) [Ratnamālā 237.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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